Navitus Bay Development Ltd says in response to public opinion it will scale back the proposed wind park.
The company will remove from the plans the northernmost part of the development. This will move the site up to 3.8km further away from the shore.
In Christchurch, Lymington and the Isle of Wight, the nearest turbine would be considerably further from the shore. In places such as Swanage and Durlston Head, the horizontal spread of turbines on the horizon would be considerably reduced, and the change to the shape of the wind park would also open up a clear gap between the southern coast of the Isle of Wight and the development.
The development would now cover an area of 155 km, compared to 175 km under the previous boundary. In addition, the maximum number of turbines that would be built, assuming the use of the 5MW model, would fall from 218 to 194.
Mike Unsworth, project director at Navitus Bay, said: “We have always listened to and acted upon the feedback we receive from our public consultations and our statutory consultees.
“We hope that local residents and statutory consultees who have expressed concern about the wind park will welcome today’s announcement. The boundary change is significant, and balances the need to reduce visual impact while ensuring that the project continues to make an important contribution to sustainable energy generation in the UK and to the local economy in the shape of jobs and investment.
“As we move towards submitting our final application for planning permission, we believe that this latest boundary change is a positive step, ensuring that the project reflects local views whilst bringing considerable benefits to the region.
“We believe we now have an application that reflects in-depth local consultation and will, if granted planning permission, bring enormous benefits to the local region and to the UK as a whole.”